Location Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Detroit, Sarajevo and Warsaw
Eligibility Students and recent graduates from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine and the United States. Students and recent graduates of other nationalities may apply if they are enrolled in or have recently graduated from a university in one of the countries listed above.
Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.
The programs, when appropriate to national histories, address the destructive common roots of prejudice, discrimination and dehumanization. These practices were directed towards Jews and other minorities in Europe during the Nazi era and Holocaust. Those under colonial rule in Africa, Asia, South, Central and North America and the Caribbean Islands were subject to racist policies and attitudes. Countries which experienced other totalitarian regimes after World War II also address the impact that socialism and its implosion had on their societies.
Featured: 2015 Humanity in Action Fellowship program in Warsaw. The video is in both English and Polish.
Each program is highly interdisciplinary and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice.
The objective of the Humanity in Action Fellowship programs is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to provide a forum where potential solutions to some of today's most challenging issues can be considered and discussed. The programs are also intended to instill a responsibility among Humanity in Action Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world.
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Why Choose the HIA Fellowship?
Have a global education experience
The diversity of our Fellows deeply enriches HIA programs by bringing together participants who represent many different nationalities, perspectives and personal experiences with human and minority rights issues.
Meet world class thinkers and activists
Our curriculum offers an opportunity for Fellows to interact with with leading thinkers and activists on the cutting edge of human rights, historical inquiry and social innovation in their societies.
Gain original insights
Fellows share the knowledge they gain in their HIA program through published articles and social media campaigns that draw attention to issues and action that are explored during the Fellowship.
The HIA Fellowship is just the starting point for lifelong opportunities to learn, collaborate and take action through the HIA Senior Fellows network.
HIA Fellowship Testimonials
"That sharing is the most valuable moment of the HIA Summer Fellowship Programme for me. Each and every one of us had different life…"
"That sharing is the most valuable moment of the HIA Summer Fellowship Programme for me. Each and every one of us had different life experiences, different ideas in our heads, but we were open for sharing them with the group. We learned a lot from all the sessions we had, but I think we learned the most from each other. And from that comes my advice for future fellows – be open to share, question and be questioned about. Let others inspire you, broaden your views, and be prepared to do exactly the same for them."
"For me it is hard to compare this program with any other educational, international events or programs I’ve ever taken part in. It was unique…"
"For me it is hard to compare this program with any other educational, international events or programs I’ve ever taken part in. It was unique and incredibly well organized. HIA was filled with great speakers, amazing host families, wonderful venues and excellent timetable. During the lectures we had an opportunity to hear not only from the professionals of different sectors, but also we’ve met with incredibly strong personalities who shared their life paths. Such personal approach made an indelible impression on me and receiving firsthand information inspired me to investigate and research more. The entire time the atmosphere was warm and friendly and till the end of the program we became more than just solid team, but also close friends. I will not exaggerate when I say that HIA fellowship was one the best experiences in my life!"
"I was lured to the Humanity in Action Fellowship by its insightful philosophy that “an important test of a genuine democracy is how it treats…"
"I was lured to the Humanity in Action Fellowship by its insightful philosophy that “an important test of a genuine democracy is how it treats its minority populations,” yet I could not have anticipated how transformative the five-week program could be. From exploring histories of resistance to national narratives to the intersections of art and activism, I was exposed to a wide array of human rights abuses and was challenged to think deeply about my theory of change. My peers and I reflected about how we could direct our passions toward realizing a more peaceful and accepting world, often finding that the answer was through supporting each other through making collective contributions. Despite long, exhausting days, I was introduced to a brilliant array of young scholars spanning urban planners and community organizers who encouraged me to contest the status quo, ask questions, and examine power relationships in society. We focused on the people who are not at the table where decisions are made, and exchanged ideas as to how the voices of the marginalized can be amplified. Being in another country enabled me to expand my American-centric perspective to understand the nuances of culture and the complexities of political institutions. I cherished the conversations I had with my peers who were all passionate about dismantling structures that oppress society’s most vulnerable, and look forward to my future with the HIA family. "